Fudge Iced Brownies

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Fudge Iced Brownies are soft and chewy made with cocoa power, butter, and eggs, topped with chocolate icing, and ready in under 60 minutes!

These classic brownies are a tried and true favorite just like our favorite Chocolate Chip CookiesVanilla Pound Cake, and Easy Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate Brownies

Fudge Iced Brownies are one of my go-to brownie recipes, because they’re super fudgy, chocolate-y, and incredibly EASY to throw together in less than an hour. These are topped with a creamy, indulgent, fudgy icing that throws these homemade brownies into a totally different league than store-bought brownies. You’ll want to make this a regular weekend tradition!


Fudge brownies should be stored on the counter (room temperature) in an airtight container. If you cut the brownies into squares, they’ll keep for about 2 days. Wrap each square in plastic wrap to help them stay fresh for even longer. If you haven’t cut them yet, they’ll last 3-4 days before going stale.


Fudge brownies can be frozen pre or post cutting into squares. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then tinfoil to keep any air out. Brownies will keep in the freezer for about 3 months.


Fudgy brownies use more fat than flour in the recipe. You can make brownies more cake-like by using less butter and adding flour. Or on the other side, you can make cakey brownies more fudgy by adding more butter or oil and less flour.


If your brownies are turning out dry instead of fudgy, it’s possible that your brownie recipe contains too much all purpose flour or dry ingredients and not enough moisture.

If you’re following my brownie recipe which is tried-and-true, then your brownies may be over-baked. Check your oven temperature, and set a kitchen timer to make sure they come out on time.

Fudgy Brownies

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The usual clean-toothpick trick doesn’t necessarily apply to brownies that are fudgy. If you insert a toothpick into the middle, I would make sure there is no obvious raw batter, but a few crumbs are ok. Fudgy brownies naturally have more moisture, so they won’t behave exactly like the cakey version.


Frosted Chocolate Brownies

  • Try serving these brownies while they’re still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and some extra chocolate chips.
  • You can use dark chocolate cocoa powder or regular dutch-process cocoa powder for this brownie recipe, depending on how intense you like your chocolate flavor. If you’re adding cocoa powder to another recipe, keep in mind that cocoa brownies can be on the dry side so you may need to add more fat to the recipe.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate chips to the batter for some melted chocolate pockets in your brownies. Try dark, milk, or even white chocolate chips. Also, sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of the brownies for decoration.
  • Make these gluten free by substituting with a gluten free cup-for-cup all purpose flour.
  • Make these brownies non-dairy by substituting the butter with applesauce, and using a dairy free cocoa powder, along with a non-dairy icing.
  • Decorate your fudgy brownies with a drizzle of melted chocolate, peanut butter, caramel sauce, or melted marshmallows on top. Melt for 30 seconds at a time in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring between, until smooth. Or use a glass bowl on top of a water-filled saucepan to make an easy double-boiler.
  • Sub 1/2 cup of the white sugar for brown sugar for a darker more molasses-like flavor that goes really well with the fudgy chocolate in this brownie recipe.
  • If I’m in a really chocolatey mood, I’ll make a double batch of the fudgy icing so each serving is twice as chocolatey!
  • If your icing isn’t smooth enough, you can add a few drops of coconut oil to help with its appearance.

Classic Brownies

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Fudge Iced Brownies

5 from 6 votes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Fudge Iced Brownies are soft and chewy made with cocoa power, butter, and eggs, topped with chocolate icing, and ready in under 60 minutes! 



  • 1 stick unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Icing:


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and cocoa powder the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl whisk the melted butter and sugar until sugar is dissolved and the butter mixture has cooled (about a minute) then add in the vanilla and eggs.

  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt and add to the large wet mixture, whisking until just combined.
  5. Pour into the baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

  6. While the brownies are baking, add the milk, butter, sugar and salt to a medium pot on medium heat and bring to a boil for 30 seconds.

  7. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until smooth then add in the vanilla whisking again and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before pouring over the brownies and smoothing with a spatula.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 469 calories, Calories: 469g, Carbohydrates: 75g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 259mg, Potassium: 232mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 63g, Vitamin A: 305g, Calcium: 39g, Iron: 2.6g

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Classic Brownies

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Made the icing today and it turned out beautifully! But, I have so much of it now! lol! can the icing be frozen to be used for something else? If so, how can I “revive” it from the freezer? Thanks ever so much!

  2. I read your reviews and made up my mind that this recipe would be amazing! But yet it didn’t turn out close to what I expected. The brownie resembled week old cake and though I put it in slightly smaller pan and baked TEN minuets less due to the amount of batter, it was NOT at all fudgy. The icing on the other hand is a total delight, in my opinion it saved this dessert, BUT the amount made ended up being just as thick as the brownie once spread out! How did all this happen? I couldn’t possibly come up with an answer.

    1. I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out will for you. It’s hard to troubleshoot from afar, but if you try this again, I would use the same size pan and trust the cook time (unless you need to adjust for altitude).

  3. Probably THE best iced fudge brownies I’ve ever made. They were a huge hit, and this is definitely my new go-to. Thanks, Sabrina!

  4. These brownies look AMAZING! And great tip that these can last in the freezer for up to 3 months… not that they would ever actually last that long without being eaten 🙂